About the Author
Samuel David Steiner
I was born on October 11, 1952, in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.
For the first 21 years of my life, I was trained by my parents and four retired general conference leaders for my future work in the Seventh-day Adventist church. I was raised in an SDA community; I was delivered by an Adventist doctor, attended Adventist schools, and was surrounded by faithful adherents of the church. I am related to the church’s founder and prophetess, Ellen G. White, through both my mother and my father. I am also related to 27 of the 28 founders of the church.
As a young man, I discovered the SDA church had changed major teachings, eliminated a foundational prophecy, and had begun a 40- to 50-year move away from Ellen G. White and her teachings, in particular, The Investigative Judgement. The church was becoming an organization entirely different from the institution in which I had been raised – it no longer promoted Ellen White as the inspired prophetess and founder. Because I believed in Ellen White’s teaching that there is no Trinity, only one God, and because I believed the Sabbath commandment applies only to Jews, I worked to change the misguided direction of the SDA church and return it to its foundational teachings.
When I was met with tremendous hostility, I left the church. A small group of church leaders supported litigation to punish me and make an example of what happens to someone who is groomed for a future in the church but instead defies church teachings and leadership.
My mother’s Jewish mother converted to the Adventist church before World War II. When I left the Adventist church as a young man, I returned to my mother’s Jewish heritage.
The BipolarWINTER project
I also wrote BipolarWINTER to share possible explanations for various events in the history of Christianity. As you read my novel, you may have questions about the historical content. Who were the popes and other religious leaders mentioned in my book? Which events are historically accurate? I provide supporting information on my blog and podcast so you can reach your own conclusions.
I invite you to delve into the theories proposed by well-respected theologians about certain important historical events. On my blog I will also post videos and links to articles that support my book’s theories to foster readers’ further investigation and understanding of these and related subjects.
I encourage you to do your own research, then feel free to share your findings and opinions with me. My novel is fiction. I want to be clear that I am not claiming all of these events occurred exactly as I portray them. Please feel free to write me if you have any questions or comments about my work and intentions. If you would simply like to see more supporting documentation for my novel’s premise, please let me know and I’ll post more videos and links.
On the BipolarWINTER blog I will provide information and excerpts from articles to help you understand the historical details behind this project.
What is fact and what is fiction? I’ll leave it up to you to decide.